If you travel or watch the news regularly, no doubt you’ve seen or heard at least one travel advisory. My general opinion is they aren’t worth much, especially the ones from the US which tend to be histrionic and a bit unreasonable. However, in our travels we’ve decided there are some things they just leave out of advisories. Things people really should know.
Food travel advisory
“It will be next to impossible to find bacon in this country.” Now don’t you think that should be known? When we first traveled to Morocco, it didn’t even occur to me this would be a problem. Sure, I knew they were mostly a Muslim country, and I knew Muslims don’t eat pork. But their visitors do! So I figured this would be less challenging, but noooooo.
“Bagels are an unheard of commodity practically everywhere on this continent.” Don’t you think this deserves a heads-up?
“Eating produce here will cause you to audibly moan in public which may cause extreme embarrassment. You might also wet your pants.” I suffered this one in Romania. Well, the moaning part at least.
Surprisingly, I didn’t get any odd looks.
“Food in this country may be habit forming, and when you have it outside of the country it will most likely not taste the same.” Thailand was my main culprit on this one. It’s quite probably my favorite cuisine, and no matter where I go it only tastes that good in Thailand, although some places at least get close. I did take a cooking class so I could reproduce some of my favorite dishes, but the ingredients have been somewhat of a challenge to find. You just can’t replace a nice fiery chile with a sweet one.
And why didn’t my package of dark chocolate with black salt not come with a warning? I’ve only found it one city, and that was in Romania. So first you have no bagels and now you have no dark chocolate with black salt. I swear there’s a conspiracy out there!
People tend to get anxious about whether or not they should get a rabies vaccination. The reality for us has been a different problem.
There is no travel advisory that properly warns people of the hundreds of cute cats you’ll encounter in Morocco. In Marrakech, they were mostly older, loving cats, but in Essaouira we were constantly attacked by the cutest tiny kittens imaginable. We almost moved there and opened a cat shelter.
Not fair State Department!
Romania has a problem with stray dogs. We encountered these adorable pups in Sinaia, and it took everything I had to not just scoop them up and bring them on the train back home. I would’ve appreciated advance warning!
No one bothered to warn me that I would not be needing extra thick winter jackets during our visit to Austria. In fact, I was expecting a white Christmas and had prepared Tigger that we might be freezing our tushies off there. It was a white Christmas only if you consider the cups that held my gluhwein and his hot chocolate. When I explained this to my friend who lives in Salzburg, she laughed and said “Oh we haven’t had a white Christmas in at least 5 years!”
The Czech Republic and Poland are supposed to be only a few degrees warmer than deep Siberia. So why am I running around without even a hoodie in almost mid-February? I may have some Russian genetics, but let’s not get crazy here.
What thing is the average travel advisory missing in your opinion?